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Dirty Beauty's 12 plant-based beauty secrets

Samantha Dickey

Skincare is a system where the desired result is a CLEAR HEALTHY LOOKING COMPLEXION.  

The quality of our skin is directly related to three key inputs; diet, topical, and lifestyle

When we want a different output regarding the look of our skin, we can fine tune these 3 inputs to achieve our chosen outcome.

Learning how our skin responds to the inputs we supply helps us modify the materials & activities we use so we attain the quality complexion we crave.  

OUR CLEAR SKIN BEAUTY 'SECRET FORMULA' INCLUDES FINE TUNING THESE 3 INPUTS:

DIET + TOPICAL + LIFESTYLE

A high quality complexion can be attained by:

  1. Drinking enough water to carry skin beautifying nutrients everywhere they are needed and to keep skin supple and well hydrated
  2. Wearing sunscreen to protect skin from preventable wrinkling and diseases
  3. Eating foods rich in vitamin C to aid in the synthesis of collagen
  4. Juicing and drinking whole leaf teas to supply skin with antioxidants 
  5. Enjoying foods rich in vitamin A to keep skin clear and smooth
  6. Relaxing to minimize the formation of fine lines on the face
  7. Exercising and meditating to feed a positive attitude that results in a pleasing countenance
  8. Sleeping in adequate amounts so the skin can replenish itself
  9. APPLYING THE APPROPRIATE SKINCARE FORMULAS TO ACHIEVE YOUR BEAUTY GOALS

  10. Working out face muscles with DIY exercises to keep skin lifted & fit
  11. Scheduling professional holistic facials with a licensed Esthetician to keep skin on track
  12. Visiting a Board Certified Dermatologist for skin conditions and concerns

FURTHER DETAILS

1.  Drinking enough water to carry skin beautifying nutrients everywhere they are needed and to keep skin supple and well hydrated

Water is needed to keep internal cells well hydrated and healthy.  Cells perform many functions, including the synthesis of skin firming collagen.  This is done with the use of vitamin C, a daily essential water soluble antioxidant vitamin.

2.  Wearing sunscreen to protect skin from preventable wrinkling and diseases

Sunburn is skin damage due to excessive sun exposure.  This is also known as photodamage.  Prolonged over exposure to UV light can lead to permanent skin damage known as photoaging.  Photoaging produces effects similar to 'natural aging' including fine lines and sagging wrinkled skin.

3.  Eating foods rich in vitamin C to aid in the synthesis of collagen

Eating foods rich in vitamin C can make skin look younger, smoother, and more firm longer.  Vitamin C and vitamin E together help to build the underlayer of skin responsible for keeping skin from sagging.  Because vitamin C is water soluble antioxidant, it must be replenished in our body systems every day.  'The best food sources of vitamin C are uncooked or raw fruits and vegetables (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002404.htm)

4.  Drinking whole leaf teas and fresh juices to supply the skin with antioxidants

Excessive exposure to UV radiation from sunlight and tanning beds can cause skin damage in the form of sagging wrinkled skin & disease.  This type of damage can make skin look old before its time.  Antioxidants help replenish and protect the skin from oxidative changes.

5.  Enjoying foods rich in vitamin A to keep skin clear and smooth

Vitamin A is an oil soluble antioxidant vitamin that aids in the repair and maintenance of new skin cells.

6.  Relaxing to minimize the formation of fine lines on the face

Fine lines created from stress and tension (from frowning and worrying) can linger past the emotional expression.

7.  Exercising and meditating to feed a positive attitude that results in a pleasing countenance

A personal workout regimen prescribed by your physician can help your whole body, including your skin, look healthier and more beautiful.  Physical activity can release feel good chemicals in your brain.  Fitness and quiet reflecting can help keep face relaxed and smooth looking.  Exercising also keeps faces, necks, and shoulders fit and lifted.  

8.  Sleeping in adequate amounts so the skin can replenish itself

It's rarely a compliment to hear 'you look tired'.  And the term 'beauty sleep' is not a myth.  Just like the rest of the body, skin needs downtime to replenish.

9.  APPLYING APPROPRIATE SKINCARE FORMULAS TO ACHIEVE YOUR BEAUTY GOALS

The best way to determine your personal beauty goals and to choose the best products for your individual skin is to develop a relationship with a licensed holistic Esthetician in your local community and/or a board certified Dermatologist.

He or she can professionally analyze your skin and treat it, and help you navigate your skin's many changes throughout the years, seasons, and climates.  They can recommend products for you to use at home between your regular appointments.

In general though, you can choose your skincare regimen based on what your skin is 'telling' you.

Our skin needs oil and it makes its own oil (sebum) to keep hydrated and maintain its function as an effective physical and chemical barrier.

DRY SKIN

If your skin looks and feels dry and dull, it is craving moisture, and moisture comes from water.

Consider choosing products and a regimen that cleans without causing more dryness, that gently whisks away sluggish skin, that adds hydration to your skin topically, and that moisturizes and smooths away fine lines while giving your skin an amazing glow.

OILY SKIN

If your skin looks shiny, feels greasy, or has breakouts, your skin is making too much oil.  Our skin needs oil to keep itself flexible and maintain its function as a barrier.  When oil glands are overproducing, we need to make sure we are NOT sending external signals that say 'make more oil'.

Think about choosing a skincare routine that minimizes the topical application of pore clogging formulas.  Products that maintain the acid mantle and fights bacteria can help keep blemishes at bay.

COMBINATION SKIN

If your skin has both dry skin and oily skin areas, or experiences changes during the times of month or year, you can treat different areas of your skin as needed.

For example, if you are extra oily on your forehead, chin, and/or nose, you can cleanse JUST those areas with products and a regimen for oily skin.

If your cheeks are dry, you can use a hydrator and moisturizer to lock in moisture in just that area.

ROSACEA

When cleansing and treating skin that is prone to rosacea, using smooth friction-free products will help combat redness due to excessive rubbing.

BRIDES

About 60 to 90 days prior to their weddings, Brides want to focus extra attention making sure their skin is prepped and clear for their Big Day.  This timeframe is a good idea since you'll want to achieve your desired results way ahead of time so you can practice with your makeup

10.  Working out face muscles with DIY exercises to keep the skin lifted and fit

There are easy facial fitness activities that can be done daily.  Filling cheeks with air and holding it for 1 to 2 seconds is an example.

11.  Scheduling professional holistic facials with a licensed Esthetician to keep skin on track

These appointments can often include aromatherapy, shoulder, and scalp massage in a blissful relaxing setting.

12.  Visiting a Board Certified Dermatologist for skin conditions and concerns

Appointments with your skin physician can be a valuable asset to your overall health and wellness.


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